Sebastian Pether – A Moonlit River Scene With Church Ruins

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Oil on canvas circa 1830, contained in its original gilded frame. Condition: The painting and the frame have been cleaned with a small tear in the canvas restored upper right Р(canvas re-lined).

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20 in x 24 in. (50.7 cm x 61 cm.)

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Frame: 26 in x 30 in. (66 cm x 76 cm.)


Pether, Sebastian (London 1790-1844)

The eldest son of Abraham Pether, he was a pupil of his father, and followed him in subject matter, but led a beleaguered life. Pether married young and had a large family of nine children, and had few opportunities to create commissioned works and his works were not often exhibited, forcing him to work for dealers to maintain a living. He was well-educated, and even claimed to have first proposed the idea of a stomach-pump to the surgeon Andrew Jukes. During the last years of his life he lost three children to consumption and another to lockjaw; his eldest son William became a mosaic artist. Pether died at Battersea of an inflammatory attack on 14 March 1844 at York Cottage, Battersea Fields, and a subscription was raised for his family. Charity was raised for his surviving daughter in a November 1876 issue of the London Times, who was said to be destitute after ruining her eyesight working as a needlewoman.